Simone Biles Will Carry The American Flag At The Olympics Closing Ceremony

by Talia Koren

The 2016 Olympics in Rio has been an eventful one for all of us, but probably the most for Simone Biles. The 19-year-old gold medalist has seen a lot of firsts.

The US Olympic Committee announced that Biles will be the flag bearer and lead Team USA into the closing ceremony.

This is huge for a few reasons. One, the gold medalist will be the first gymnast to lead the U.S. team into the closing ceremony.

Two, she's the first ever female gymnast in history to be a flag bearer at either a closing or opening ceremony.

Way to go, Simone!

In a statement Biles said,

It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates. This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.

For Biles, the culmination of her first Olympics probably couldn't end in a better way.

Besides being the first American gymnast to win four gold medals in one Olympics games, she also had a chance to meet and hug her crush, Zac Efron.

She also took home a bronze medal in the balance beam final.

She's living her best life.

I mean, wow. Bravo Biles!

No, but for real. She's possibly the best gymnast of all time. Before Biles, only three other women accomplished what she did. She literally made history, and she can't even drink legally yet! Regardless, she has so much to celebrate.

It has been a joy watching her. She's set the bar extremely high for the next Olympic games in 2020.

Citations: Simone Biles to Lead Team USA as Flag Bearer in 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremony (ABC)